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When They Want To Learn What They've Been Doing​

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Can you tell me about 100% disability for lung cancer?​ What is Special Monthly Compensation K?

​How can I find a VA lawyer overseas?​ What benefits for newly awarded 100% TDIU?

​What are Prostate Cancer residuals and ratings? ​Should I try to get a higher VA disability rating?

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VA Disability - When the initial decision finds no "nexus"
What is the "nexus" and why is it important? 

How to Fight VA Debt

​If there's one thing military members know, it's that when the Defense Department gives you too much money, it will come back for it eventually.The VA is similar, but the system is worse.

Police With Military Experience More Likely to Shoot
Dallas cops who were veterans fired their weapons more

than those who never served in the armed forces, study shows.

Here's the New 2019 Social Security Benefit Formula
The Social Security Administration has announced the new

inflation-adjusted calculation method.

Caffeine May Increase Pain Tolerance
A plant-based diet may also help you withstand pain.

Has Your Claim Been Denied?

Do you need an IMO or a DBQ?

You'll need to speak with an expert physician and then a veterans law attorney. Why not speak

with both at the same time? Dr. Anaise is a physician, surgeon and veterans law attorney.

Dr. Anaise has been providing military veterans with disability benefits help for many years.

Speak with him today...it won't cost anything but a little of your time.

Delay, Deny, Until You Die

Robert Wilkie


Edmonds Military Wire: How combat veteran

Carol Eggert navigates life’s transitions

​In my podcast interview with her, she shares what job seekers need to do to get noticed.

One thing not to do is just shoot your resume with a note that states, “if my qualifications

can benefit you, I’m open to an interview.” Do your research — and explain

how you’ll help the organization you are applying to solve a problem.

How To Develop and Perfect Your Claim / Appeal

Here we are, you've decided to file a claim or you need to begin an appeal

of a recently denied claim and you aren't sure what's the next step?

You'll need to concentrate on satisfying the requirements of filing a VA disability 

benefits claim...an event that you can reasonably document, a diagnosed illness

(condition) or injury and a nexus or link between the claimed condition, the claimed event

and disabilities caused by the claimed condition. One of the first steps you can take 

to help perfect your claim is to research similar claims and appeals over at the 

Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) web site. The BVA is the next level of claims

after the regional office raters have denied your claim for one reason or another. The

BVA search engine can help you to design a similar strategy to the cases you'll

​discover where the veteran has prevailed. BVA decisions do not establish a precedent 

so you'll have to develop and present your own case in a similar way to what you learn 

as you do your research. For example...let's say you're a Vietnam veteran

with boots on the ground service in-country that qualifies you to be eligible for 

presumptive benefits related to agent orange exposure. You've been diagnosed,

treated and rated for adult onset diabetes (DMII) for 7 years now but you've been 

told that the pains in the calves of your legs are peripheral artery disease (PAD) and you

may soon need surgery. Is the PAD service connected? Can you file for that?

​You can learn what you need to know by going to the BVA search engine here and 

choosing one or two years to search  and then typing in the search terms < diabetes

Vietnam peripheral artery disease > and clicking the search button. The site will return

to you all the cases that have been adjudicated that are similar and contain those 

words. Now it's up to you to take the time to read and learn

And that's how you win your claim!

Census statistics show veterans are old, but well-off

One thing stands out in the Census report: America’s veterans

are a gray-haired group. More than half of America’s living veterans

are older than 65. Less than one veteran in 10 is younger than 35.​​

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Fully Developed Claims

What Is a Fully Developed Claim?
The Fully Developed Claims (FDC) program is an optional initiative that offers Veterans and survivors faster decisions from VA on compensation, pension, and survivor benefit claims.
Veterans and survivors simply submit all relevant records in their possession, and those records which are easily obtainable, such as private medical records, at the time they make their claim and certify that they have no further evidence to submit. VA can then review and process the claim more quickly.

Veterans Benefits on Reddit

VA Struggles To Reach

Other-Than-Honorable-Discharge Vets In Need Of Help

thousands of veterans who have other-than-honorable (OTH) discharges.

They don't typically qualify for VA benefits, even though many have

service-related trauma. And as a group they have a high suicide rate.

Education and Training
The end of military service
marks the start of something new.

Decision Ready Claims

The Decision Ready Claims (DRC) Program is the fastest way to get your VA claim processed. You can get a decision on your claim in 30 days or less by working with an accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO) or other accredited representative.

Military Service Records, Awards, and Unit Histories: 

A Guide to

Locating Sources

Better Measures Needed to Assess Regional Office

Performance in Processing Claims
GAO-19-15: Published: Oct 3, 2018. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2018

Veterans Living Overseas

If you’re a Veteran who lives overseas, you remain entitled to the benefits and services you earned through your military service. Most VA benefits are payable regardless of your place of residence or nationality. VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment and burial.

Jim's Mailbag

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits and a member

of the Stateside Legal Website Advisory Board

Jim's Mailbag, is a regular column where veterans,

servicemembers, and family members can ask Jim their

questions about VA and Social Security disability benefits.

You can browse all of these Q&As here, and search the Jim's

Mailbag archives for helpful answers. If Jim hasn't already addressed the questions you have, you can submit your own question. 

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1) Of course I'll respect you in the

morning, darling.

2) The check is in the mail.

3) Hello, we're from the            ​​and

we're here to help you.

Research Study, Now Recruiting Veterans
Emory University is currently seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical research study.
The objective of our study is to determine if a decrease in the hormone oxytocin, a

hormone known to be involved in social bonding, produces symptoms of depression

and suicidality in returning war veterans due to loss of contact with fellow soldiers.


Receipt of Overlapping Opioid and Benzodiazepine Prescriptions Among Veterans Dually Enrolled in Medicare Part D and the Department of Veterans Affairs: A Cross-sectional Study

Overlapping use of opioids and benzodiazepines is associated with increased

risk for overdose. Veterans receiving medications concurrently from the U.S. Department

of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicare may be at higher risk for such overlap.​​

Elder Law: New rules make changes to veterans’

needs-based government benefits

Aid and Attendance, along with another needs-based benefit called Housebound

Allowance, provide monthly cash assistance paid in addition to a monthly

means-tested pension. The new rules establish a bright-line net worth

limit for pension entitlement.  This is a drastic change to the prior eligibility

criteria, which considered multiple factors

VA home loans

Everything America’s military veterans need to know

What is a VA loan?
Veterans Affairs mortgages, better known as VA loans, offer considerable benefits for eligible

military veterans, service members and spouses who want to buy a home. The main

draw of VA loans is that they make it easier to get financing by offering no down-payment

loans and more lenient credit and income requirements than conventional mortgages.

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Dependents, Pension


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Who are my representatives?

C & P Exams

Everything You Need To Survive

Contact Your Representative
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DENIED!!!   How To Appeal


Education For Dependents

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Benefits Garnishment

My HealtheVet Website

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Medical Records Review

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M21-1 Adjudication Procedures Manual
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Patient Record Flags

New Outreach for Vets Regarding
Discharges & Military Records.

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Fact Sheets

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VA urges veterans to be
screened for hepatitis C

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Pit Registry for Veterans and Servicemembers

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Veterans injured by service wait
years for compensation hearings

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The VAWatchdog​​

Here's the latest on a veteran's lawsuit

against the Louisiana VA director

​He...alleges that "Bologna and his staff (under his direction) are deliberately

delaying [his] claim due to [his] age and the likelihood of [him] dying before

proper award can be made," which the defendant points out in his motion to dismiss.

Pinups For Veterans
Veterans Law Attorney

Study finds shortcomings in how doctors talk about lung nodules

Lung nodules are quite common, but most are benign. Still, some doctors, worried that

too much distress is harmful to patients, avoid talking about possible cancer. Anxiety, often

long-lasting and sometimes severe, is common among patients with pulmonary nodules

that are detected unintentionally or during tests for another medical condition. 

In Tight Labor Market, Veterans Faster to Hire, Easier to Retain

"Not only do veterans consistently achieve higher performance ratings, many have

leadership experience in intensely challenging situations that go far

beyond most civilian experiences,” explains Mike Starich, CEO of Orion Talent.


Military Records DD 214

Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs)
Official Personnel Folders (OPF)

Selective Service Records

Deceased Veteran's Claim Files

Individual Deceased Personnel File

VA releases 2018 performance ratings for its hospitals

​Overall, 38 hospitals improved their star ratings in 2018, 40 dropped

in the ratings and 68 stayed the same as last year.

Veterans Legal

Help Navigator
Welcome to the Veterans Legal Help Navigator. 

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Frequently veterans will ask if we provide counseling services.

In response to this, Dr. Valette will be accepting a few veteran’s or family members for

Tele-Health personal counseling sessions. Phone, text, email sessions.

Daily availability to each veteran.
At this time, only available to veteran’s who live in Colorado, Texas, Florida, Washington, Iowa, S.Dakota, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii. Email for more info and pricing: Info@VeteransPsychEvaluations.com

How to Use My HealtheVet
My HealtheVet is the VA's Personal Health Record.

It is designed for Veterans, Servicemembers, their caregivers and others. To use My HealtheVet, you will need a computer with Internet access...

Jobs For Veterans​ - Grow with Google
Free training, tools, and events to help you grow your skills, career, or business.

Supporting our military service members and their spouses
Explore tools and resources designed to help you transition from military to civilian life

Begin your job search
You can search “jobs for veterans” on Google and enter your Military Occupational

Specialty code (MOS, AFSC, NEC) to see relevant

civilian jobs that require similar skills to those used in your military roles.
Get Started​​

Helping veterans make their next move in civilian life

Yes, you can sue the VA for medical malpractice.

How to Increase an Existing VA Disability Rating

The application process is pretty easy, you can DIY in no time.

We provide the "How To" details here.

Army Veteran Wages War on Social-Media Disinformation
Kris Goldsmith hunts fake Facebook pages that try to sow strife by deceiving veterans

Politicians Care More About Illegal Immigrants

and Elections than Disabled Veterans

James Di Napoli, a disabled Iraq War veteran, says illegal immigration has ruined his life.

Is this how we treat disabled veterans in the United States?

Back To School

College Guide for Veterans and Servicemembers

Deciding to Attend College after the Military

Justice for veterans
Leaders hope to revive court treatment program

Secretary Wilkie announces Spokane to lead VA records changes

​Washington will be a test location for a $10 billion project to convert all

Veterans Affairs medical records into electronic form, Department

of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said Wednesday in Spokane.

Veterans Clinical Psychologist

Office of Child Support Enforcement
Income Withholding and Medical Support for Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits
Frequently Asked Questions

Veterans Disability Doctor

Support for Trump is fading among active-duty troops, new poll shows

We asked our active duty readers about everything from Space Force to their support of the

president and whether we should keep sending forces to Iraq - and here's what they said.

What Additional Benefits
Are YOU Eligible For?

VBA  Derivative Benefits Eligibility​ 

The Alphabet Soup of

Disability Income:

When you can't work, there are

three programs that can help.

Jim's Mailbag
Veterans Disability Lawyer

TDIU???      Unemployability Questions???       IU????

I am a Veteran
Veterans of the United States Uniformed Services may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

Agent Orange Newsletter

Have You Received A RAMP Letter?

New VA appeals trial an opportunity for both veterans and the agency

​It’s been a year since Congress first passed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act and gave the Veterans Benefits Administration an 18-month window to implement the new program. The agency has less than six months now to stand up a brand new appeals process for veterans, many of whom have longstanding claims and have been waiting on a decision for years.

Veterans Law Attorney
Hepatitis C Treatment

GOP Senator Pushed VA to Use Unproven

“Brainwave Frequency” Treatment
The Trump administration has welcomed experimental procedures for

veterans’ mental health, even though doctors urge caution.


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VA Benefits for Your Child
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several benefits for the children of veterans: 
(1) Education benefits 
(2) Health care CHAMPVA 
(3) Life insurance

(4) Memorial benefits